Flood Prevention with Tweed Forum in the Borders 

On Sunday, fourteen hardy volunteers headed up into the hills between Penicuik and Peebles to help Tweed Forum reduce flooding in the Borders.

We were met there by Emily Iles from Tweed Forum who explained how planting trees in a river's headwaters can help to slow the flow of water into the main stream. This allows water to seep away rather than rushing into towns and villages downstream.

Emily told us how the trees would help drainage and soak up much of the rainfall before it gets into the burns and rivers. She said:

“ I was delighted that children from Belhaven Hill School wanted to help plant trees on one of our Eddleston Water Project sites. This project aims to restore natural habitats in the area to improve the River valley for wildlife and help reduce the risk of flooding in Eddleston and Peebles. A big part of that is the strategic planting of native tree species. We hope to raise the ecological status of the river system and help buffer against the effects of climate change. It is now more important than ever to engage the younger generation in these issues. Getting children to learn outdoors allows them to develop opinions informed by first hand experiences; it is also a lot of fun!”

The team, joined by a large and enthusiastic group of parents and a wild pack of dogs, set to work planting willow whips along the burn. Another group replaced any dead trees with fresh plants from our own milk-bottle nursery.

After a couple of hours the work was complete. Over a thousand trees had been planted and everyone had enjoyed plenty of fresh air and all had made a real and positive difference to the environment.

We were also delighted to announce that Belhaven Hill has been nominated for two awards at this year's Scottish Rural Awards. We are up for both the "Conservation and the Environment" and "Education" categories and will find out the results at the end of March!

Well done to all involved!

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Well done to all involved!

Tom Rawson, 26/01/2016